Ward's illustrations for
Lynd Ward (1905 - 1985) was an American artist best known for his wood
engravings — in particular, his novels without words, in
which he tells a story entirely through woodcuts. His style combines
Art Deco with German Expressionism.
Ward's woodcuts illustrated a 1934 edition of Frankenstein,
published in New York by Harrison Smith and Robert Haas. These are
outstanding, not only for excellence and power of design, but
especially for insights into a disturbing and powerfully poetic work.
More than any other illustrator, Ward grasped the ambivalence with
which the author of Frankenstein,
Percy Bysshe Shelley*, portrayed the “monster”
(also called “Being”,
“demon”, “wretch”, and
“devil”). As seen by Lynd Ward, the Being is both pathetic and
terrifying; his body is both
athletic and deformed. You can pity him, sympathize and
even identify with him, without quite wishing to hold his hand or let
him cry on your shoulder.
— John Lauritsen
To see the front cover of my rather worn copy of the 1934 Frankenstein,
illustrated by Lynd Ward, click here.
Below are descriptions and links to all of Ward's full-page
illustrations for Frankenstein
— almost all of his illustrations for chapter headings - and
a few of the more interesting small illustrations. Click on a
description to go to the annotated illustration on another web page.
Then click the RETURN or BACK button on your browser to return to this
Full Page Illustrations:
p. 27: Elizabeth
as a child.
p. 55: The
newly created monster tries to get in bed with Victor
p. 69: Victor
Frankenstein and his friend Henry Clerval walk
in the country outside Ingolstadt.
p. 91: Justine
p. 107: The
monster and Victor Frankenstein confront each
other in the Swiss Alps, on a field of ice.
p. 115: Villagers
stone the monster.
p. 125: The
monster gazes into a pool.
p. 137: Safie's
father, an “unfortunate Mahometan”, in prison.
p. 151: Felix,
son of De Lacy, attacks the monster.
p. 161: The
monster strangles little William.
p. 171: Victor
Frankenstein finds solitude in a boat.
p. 187: Victor
Frankenstein reconsiders making a female
p. 201: Irish
villagers carry the lifeless body of Henry
p. 217: Elizabeth
looks out a window.
p. 227 Elizabeth's
lifeless body sprawled on the bed.
Title Page: Victor
Frankenstein in anguish.
of Creator, creature.
p. 1: Captain
Walton in Petersburgh.
p. 5: Sails
of ship, sun.
p. 10: Ship
in high waves.
p. 11: Ship
surrounded by icebergs.
p. 21: Houses
p. 27: Young
man and woman walking in the countryside.
p. 35: Carriage
transporting Victor Frankenstein to
p. 44: Victor
Frankenstein robbing a grave.
p. 53: Victor
Frankenstein with chemistry equipment.
p. 61: Houses
p. 70: Female
figure (Elizabeth?) by coffin of little William.
p. 83: Judges,
p. 102: River
and bridge in the Alps.
p. 110: The
monster in open country at night.
p. 119: Felix
chops wood; Agatha watches.
p. 127: Safie
p. 140: Felix
outside the hut.
p. 141: De Lacy playing guitar.
p. 151: The monster flees.
p. 162: Victor Frankenstein in thought.
p. 179: London.
p. 199: Irish villagers staring at Victor
p. 211: Hand clutching hand.
p. 212: Ship and boat.
p. 223: Elizabeth and Victor by lake.
p. 232: Victor quits Geneva.
p. 241: Walton's sword.
p. 242: The monster on Arctic ice.
p. 259: Arm [of the monster] going down in
* For the case that Percy Bysshe Shelley (rather than his second wife
Mary) is the author of Frankenstein, see the description and reviews of
my book, The Man Who Wrote Frankenstein (2007). Click here.
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